Carin Smaller is a senior policy advisor on agriculture and investment at IISD. She works with governments from low and middle-income countries to attract sustainable foreign investment into the food and agriculture sectors. She connects SAVi modelers to government officials to assess the financial, social and environmental costs and benefits of rural infrastructure projects that support the business of agriculture.
She has lived and worked in several developing countries, and advised dozens of government officials on how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks from foreign investment in the agriculture sector. She has organized and participated in international conferences on agriculture, trade, investment and human rights; has worked with several NGOs; and has carried out media relations, particularly providing access to the media for people whose voices are not usually heard.